Concerns among domestic clothing industry that the European Community's general agreement on tariffs and trade may have implications for Irish jobs.
The Confederation of Irish Industry (CII) warned in 1990 that Ireland's clothing and textile industries could be seriously damaged by low-cost imports if current safeguards were not upheld. 22,000 people were employed in the sector in 1989, when export sales reached £600m. The CII wanted safeguards against cheap imports from countries such as South and Korea put in place when the next round of GATT talks began.
In this RTÉ News report, Reg McCabe of the Apparel Industries Federation says they are afraid that they will lose out if concessions are made to the farming lobby. He feels there could be a trade-off between the two sectors, because the agricultural sector is very dominant in Ireland.
Lorna Donlon reports for RTÉ News on 22 August 1990.